Chile a Model for How America Can be Pro-Life on Abortion

International   |   Kristan Hawkins   |   Jun 13, 2011   |   10:57AM   |   Washington, DC

When speaking with students and adults, I often talk about how pro-lifers need to start envisioning a nation without abortion.

Since 1973, abortion on-demand, in all nine months of pregnancy, has been the law of the land.  With legalized abortion having created such a paramount change in American culture, it’s difficult, yet important to imagine what our nation and world would look like if abortion were never legalized in America.

Often, when I speak with pro-abortion students and adults about ending abortion in America, they respond that abortion could never be outlawed because it has been legal for so long. They maintain that abortion is too ingrained in our society to reverse course. And many pro-lifers are even unable to answer their concerns – themselves never even imagining an America without legalized abortion.

So what would a nation without abortion look like anyway? Can you envision it?

How would laws that supports the rights of the preborn be translated in a country that is now so used to over-the-counter solutions to “inconveniences?”

Can a truly pro-life culture survive in a world so jaded by the pro-abortion indoctrination we’ve undergone for the past 40 years?

Well, just ask Sebastián Piñera, President of Latin America’s, recently declared, most pro-life nation, Chile.

Chile protects the rights of the preborn in its penal laws and constitution and boasts that it has one of the lowest maternal mortality rates in the world.

Recently, the Chilean government launched a marketing program called “Chile Crece Contigo” or “Chile Grows with You” that simply celebrates motherhood and the preborn. The commercials feature pregnant women engaged in various activities, dictate that babies in utero can “hear and experience the world” just as we do, and all end with “an invitation from the government to protect children.”

And President Piñera’s marketing campaign has also been aided by his “Comprometidos por la Vida” or “Committed to Life” program, which assists pregnant women in need and helps them to carry to their child to term.

Pro-abortion activists have been claiming for years that rigid laws are necessary to maintain in order to reduce maternal mortality rates, but the success of President Piñera’s overtly pro-life efforts come to a different conclusion.

President Piñera’s Culture of Life proves what pro-life advocates have been saying for years: there is just no substitute for the dignity and respect for human life.